May 07, 2013
In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.
May 02, 2013
The Wilson Center's European Studies Program is now accepting applications for the EES Short-term Grant competition, which is open to academic experts and practitioners, including advanced graduate students, engaged in specialized research requiring access to Washington, DC and its research institutions. Grants are for one month and include residence at the Wilson Center. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, in order to be considered eligible for this grant opportunity. The deadline for this grant cycle is: June 1, 2013.
Apr 17, 2013
The new digital archive ("D-Archive") of the Ukrainian Center for Research on the Liberation Movement (CDVR) allows for free access over the Internet to more than ten thousand digitized copies of documents from Ukrainian archives.
Apr 16, 2013
"A Distant Front in the Cold War: The USSR in West Africa and the Congo, 1956–1964" by CWIHP Fellow Sergey Mazov and published by the Wilson Center Press was reviewed on H-Net by Anne-Kristin Hartmetz.
Apr 08, 2013
The Wilson Center's new Digital Archive was mentioned in over a dozen history, library science and law blogs.
Mar 28, 2013
The Wilson Center today launched a new Digital Archive of declassified official documents from nearly 100 different archives in dozens of different countries that provide fresh, unprecedented insights into the history of international relations and diplomacy.The new website features uniquely powerful new search tools, an intuitive user-interface, and new educational resources such as timelines, analysis from leading experts, and biographies of significant historical figures.
Mar 27, 2013
Sergey Radchenko writes in Foreign Policy on Mao and Stalin’s first awkward meeting and what it tells us about Xi Jinping’s confident trip this week to see Vladimir Putin.
Feb 05, 2013
Many talk of China "rising." Chinese view their fortunes as a return to greatness from a "century of humiliation" -- and not a rise from nothing.
Nov 15, 2012
The Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program is pleased to announce the publication of an Occasional Paper, “A 21st Century Vision for U.S. Global Media,” by Wilson Center Senior Scholar A. Ross Johnson and R. Eugene Parta.
Oct 30, 2012
CWIHP is pleased to announce that Senior Scholar Bernd Schaefer was recently interviewed by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) on the work of the Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, the state of China's archives, and his ongoing research on Sino-German relations.